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We’ve gone crackers!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

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EASY BEAN continues its mission to create delicious ways to enjoy beans, peas and lentils with the launch of a new Bean & Seed Cracker Range.

Handmade with different pulse flours, the range is gluten-free, dairy -free and uses 100% natural ingredients.

On the pulse and on trend, the crackers are suitable for vegans as well as offering a healthy, savoury snack.

The range of three: Fava Bean & Poppy Seed, Green Pea & Chia Seed and Red Lentil & Poppy Seed are made with flours milled from pulses that provide a source of plant protein which is typically more than double the protein found in wholemeal wheat flour.

Fava bean (variety of broad bean) and green pea flours are sourced from Hodmedod’s and are milled from crops grown on British Farms.

A tricolour of soft shades of red, green and white; these savoury crackers flake, snap and have a crunchy texture. The wholegrain, earthy flavours with a hint of sweetness make them a good accompaniment to cheese, hummus and other dips.

They come in four handy packs per 160g carton, easy for shoppers to grab a pack and pop it in a lunch box.

· 100% natural ingredients

· Gluten free

· Wheat free

· Dairy free

· High fibre

· No added sugar

· Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Packed 8 x 160g cartons per case

RRP per pack £2.95 and upwards

RED LENTIL & POPPY SEED

A savoury cracker with a hint of sweetness and a crunchy texture; baked to a light red colour that is speckled with poppy seed. Good for dipping into hummus or any vegetable dip.

GREEN PEA & CHIA SEED

This cracker has a fresh, green vegetable aroma and a texture that flakes and snaps. The savoury wholegrain flavour goes well with dips, hard cheeses or makes an excellent snack.

FAVA BEAN & POPPY SEED

A light golden baked cracker, speckled with poppy seed, that flakes and has crunch. The flavour is savoury, earthy and with a hint of sweetness. A good source of protein, ideal as a snack or serve with dips.

The crackers will be available from Abergavenny Food Festival ( www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com) in conjunction with Hodmedod’s (www.hodmedods.co.uk)

For traders: Free samples for retailers. Free in-store taster kits for new stockists.



Free-from award for our Thai Edamame Curry

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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Easy Bean has won a top award for its Thai Edamame Curry one-pot ready meal at the “Free-from food Oscars”.

Certificates were presented by celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson at the Allergy and Free-from Show in London.

Easy Bean won silver in the Veggie Ready Meals category with the Thai curry, one of several exotic one-pot meals which also include Moroccan Tagine, New Mexican Chilli, Indian Sambar, French Cuisinées and African Palava.

Mr Worrall Thompson saved particular praise for specialist foody companies such as Easy Bean. He told the gathering: “All credit to the pioneering small producers who have followed their dreams to create wonderful free from foods”.

Our managing director Christina Baskerville said: “It’s great to know our fabulous Thai Edegame curry is appreciated by the expert judges who really know what they’re talking about.

“If anyone still hasn’t tasted our one-pot ready meals and crisp breads, all I can say is why not try them and judge for yourself!”



Launch of two new - and exciting - Crispbread flavours!

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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We are launching Cheddar Crunch and Seaweed & Sesame versions of our Chickpea Crispbread next month. The range has proved a real success in the independent sector; colourful packaging that shows off handmade, gluten-free crackers with appealing toppings of mixed seeds. These two new flavours are expected to be well received additions for the coming spring and summer months.

We are based on a farm in South Somerset with a production kitchen and bakery and are on a mission to produce natural and healthy food that champions pulses - beans, peas and lentils. The innovative crispbreads are handmade using nutty-tasting chickpea flour, so they are naturally gluten-free, wheat-free and high in fibre. The flour is combined with locally sourced butter and buttermilk to give a crisp and crumbly texture.

West Country Mature Cheddar gives bags of flavour to the new Cheddar Crunch Crispbread. The cheese is sourced from Ford Farm in Dorset. The addition of polenta enhances the crunch and to finish, the crispbread has a healthy topping of linseed, flax, millet and chia seed.

Christina Baskerville, founder, says “expect to be addicted, it’s all too easy to snack your way through a pack. They are good partnered with tomato soup or served with Serrano ham and olives.”

A nutritious blend of native seaweed is used to season the new Seaweed & Sesame Crispbread. Seaweed is mineral rich, a good source of iodine and a low-sodium salt replacer. The crispbread is flecked green and purple and with delicate umami flavours of the sea, then topped with toasted sesame seeds for a Japanese twist. Christina’s recommendation is serve them with a seafood salad, crab paté or a bowl of miso soup.

The original Chickpea Crispbread varieties – Moroccan Spice, Seeds & Black Pepper, Mung Bean & Chive – have each achieved a Gold Great Taste Award. The range is available nationally from wholesalers or directly from Easy Bean.

Packed 6 crispbread to a 110g carton. 8 cartons per case. Wholesale £16.80 per case. RRP £2.95 per carton.

we are exhibiting at The Natural Food Show, 2–3 April, Excel and The Farm Shop & Deli Show, 24–26 April, NEC. Retailers are warmly welcomed to sample the new crispbread.



Celebrate Rio with our new Brazilian Vatapa meal!

Monday, July 4th, 2016

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Great news! We’re celebrating the forthcoming Olympic Games by launching our very own “sporting speciality” – the vibrant Brazilian Vatapá.

The new recipe is inspired by Brazil’s diverse and varied cuisines and includes their renowned “black turtle beans”– a feature of the country’s national dish and a favourite ingredient found in Brazilian cooking.

Our managing director Christina fell in love with Brazilian cuisine when she worked in tropical agriculture in South America in the late 1980s.

She says: “In Brazil as in other parts of South America, rice and black beans are a staple. We’ve taken inspiration from not only the black turtle bean, but also the delicious vegetables that are on offer. Our new recipe is our take on the Vatapá – one of the classic dishes of Brazilian Cuisine. It hails from the Bahian coastal region where many of the dishes have African origins as a result of the slave trade.

Black turtle beans contrast against the vibrant Bahian style shrimp sauce - a blend of coconut milk, dried shrimp and spices (including turmeric, paprika and ginger) cooked together with okra, roasted red peppers and chunky butternut squash.”

The pack is as vibrant as the recipe itself – with a shocking pink and orange sleeve. A real carnival of colour adding to the already colourful retail range.

The Brazilian Vatapá is just the latest addition to our award winning range of one-pot meals inspired by recipes from around the world. Prepared in small batches each recipe uses only natural ingredients, chunky vegetables and beans, peas and pulses infused with herbs and spices. The recipes are as healthy as they are “great tasting”; high in fibre, low in salt, gluten and dairy free - a typical 320g pot counts as “3 portions of your 5-a-day” and the range caters for vegetarians, vegans and, in the case of the Vatapá, is suitable for vegetarians who like fish!

Find our Brazilian Vatapá on Ocado.



Our new Snack Pack crispbread!

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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We’re getting lovely feedback – such an appropriate word! – on our new snack-size chickpea crispbreads.

The snack pack is perfect for your handbag and represents a healthy snack option.

The on-the-go snack size version of our Seeds & Black Pepper crispbreads are proving popular and we are working hard to get more stores to stock them. There is a way you can help us with this. If you are feeling pro-active simply pop in to your local independent shop of deli and ask them to place an order?



Introducing Thai Edamame Curry!

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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We’ve BEAN busy cooking up something new in our Somerset kitchens…and now we bring you a taste of Thailand!

The Thai Edamame Curry ready meal is our latest creation and is just perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. Edamame beans and broccoli are slowly cooked in a creamy yellow curry sauce and, as with all of our recipes,  is as healthy as it is delicious - two portions of vegetables, high in fibre, gluten and dairy free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

We suggest serving on its own for a tasty lunch - or perhaps with one of our Chickpea Crispbreads to add some extra crunch, or serve with jasmine rice and fresh coriander for dinner.

The Thai Edamame Curry  is available from www.ocado.com - tuck in and let us know what you think!



New Chickpea Crispbreads - It’s a UK First

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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EASY BEAN, based on a farm in Somerset, has launched a new “bean” inspired, gluten-free range.

Company founder Christina Baskerville has added the new Chickpea Crispbread to her pioneering range of one-pot meals which she launched six years ago.

The Easy Bean mission is to produce tasty, healthy and convenient food that champions the bean - the one pot meals reflect culinary traditions across the world - and the new Chickpea Crispbread also draw on inspiration from different cuisines.

The crispbread are a UK first. Handmade at the newly installed bakery in Somerset and made using chickpea flour rather than wheat flour, they are naturally gluten-free, wheat-free, high in fibre and suitable for vegetarians.

Crisp, crumbly and irresistibly moreish; they use nutty-tasting chickpea flour and buttermilk from local farms, they are carefully seasoned and generously topped with toasted seeds for extra crunch.

There are three varieties - Moroccan Spice; Seeds & Black Pepper; Mung Bean & Chive. Already with a string of awards including two Gold Great Taste Awards 2013, they are available nationally from independent stockists - health food stores as well as from Amazon.

Christina describes the crispbread as multi-taskers, “perfect for snacking, lunching, dipping and sharing and particularly good served with a bowl of soup at lunch time.”

Chickpea flour is also known as gram flour and is used widely in Indian cuisine, for example, to make pakoras, poppadoms and onion bhajias. Easy Bean’s chickpea flour is milled from imported channa dhal at a gluten-free mill.

Christina - who is affectionately known as the Queen of Beans - is keen to promote consumption of beans in their various forms. She says they are nature’s healthiest food, “packed with protein, virtually fat free and with more fibre than many wholegrains. What’s more the world enjoys them in their favourite dishes - from spicy chilli and dhal to creamy hummus.”

Three of the Easy Bean one-pot meal range of six world cuisine recipes carry the Fairtrade Mark (the only Fairtrade ready meals in the UK).



Add a festive touch to Christmas meals

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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CHRISTMAS is a hectic time of the year - but harassed cooks have help on hand from Easy Bean.

Our French Cuisinées meal pot – sweet chestnuts in soft green lentils, simmered with seasonal vegetables and flavoured with rosemary and thyme - is a great festive choice for a light lunch or as part of a main meal for a vegetarian guest.

French Cuisinées has won two Gold Great Taste Awards and, like all Easy Bean meals, is hand-prepared and cooked slowly in small batches at the converted barn in the West Country where we are based.

Easy Bean was established in 2007 by the ‘Queen of Beans’ Christina Baskerville. She says: Christmas is a busy time and it’s also a time we all want to enjoy healthy and delicious meals that are easy to prepare and serve.

“That’s where Easy Bean comes in. Our bean-based meals have more fibre than many wholegrains, are virtually fat free and are high in protein. They also taste as good as home-made and can be quickly microwaved and heated in a pan. Healthy, handy and terrifically tasty.”



The Easy Bean Top Ten! How beans improve health, help the environment and make you feel happy!

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Easy Bean, the premium hand-prepared meals company which uniquely features beans in each of its recipes, is on a mission to improve the nation’s health through a bean-filled manifesto.

The company produces six delicious ready meals which are available at Booths and online at www.waitrose.co.uk, www.ocado.com, and www.naturalgrocery.co.uk

Now it has also produced a bean Top Ten - promoting beans and pulses as part of a healthy diet which is also good for the environment and for you.

Christina Baskerville, MD of Easy Bean and the ‘Queen of Beans’ says:  “We have a ten point plan to get everyone to understand the true importance of the bean. We all love Baked Beans in the UK but there are so many other varieties and they do us and the planet so much good.”

The top ten reasons to choose beans and pulses are:

1. Pulses and beans have more protein than any other vegetable ingredient.

2. They are high in fibre, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol. Insoluble fibre improves digestive health.

3. Beans and pulses are complex carbohydrates with a low Gi index. This means they take longer to digest, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.

4. They are low in fat.

5. They are a good source of energy-boosting iron.

6. An 80g portion of cooked beans counts as one of your five-a-day.

7. Beans are a source of natural phytoestrogens (increasingly seen as having health benefits) and isoflavonoids, found in pea plants, are used for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

8. Legumes such as beans and pulses put goodness back into the soil as they grow.

9. Growing pulses uses far less of the world’s natural resources than meat or dairy production.

10. Protein from cereals such as wheat or rice compliments the proteins in pulses to help give a balanced diet.

Easy Bean was established in 2007 by farmer’s daughter Christina. Her meals, inspired by her work with bean farmers in different countries around the world, promise ‘Lunch on the go or supper in a mo’.

Christina adds: “We prepare Easy Bean meals in small batches in our Somerset kitchen using the finest natural ingredients. Our meals are as tasty as they are healthy.”

The Easy Bean range includes:

African Palava: A delicious West African hotpot and a colourful profusion of Fairtrade brown beans, free-range chicken, peanuts, sweet potatoes and spinach.

New Mexican Chilli: Fairtrade red beans with sweet peppers, tomatoes, spiked with the jalapeño chilli.

Moroccan Tagine: A hotpot of slow-cooked chickpeas, Mediterranean vegetables, apricots and aromatic spices.

Spanish Puchero: Fairtrade beans, chorizo sausage and an oak-smoked paprika from the Extremadura region of Spain.

Indian Sambar: Toor Dhal peas simmered slowly with coconut and tamarind juice and finished with chunky vegetables and mustard seeds.

French Cuisinées: Green lentil and sweet chestnut simmered with classic vegetables, rosemary and thyme.

The range has won six gold Great Taste Awards.

Easy Bean meals: rrp: from £2.99

www.easybean.co.uk

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Press Release Healthy and delicious Easy Bean are just a click away

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Time-pressed mums and busy professionals are finding internet shopping a boon - and it’s proving a great way for them to stock up on their favourite Easy Bean ready prepared meals.

The six delicious, hand-prepared pots can be bought on-line and frozen so are ideal for bulk-buying or can be snapped up as part or a wider shop. They can be found at www.ocado.com, www.naturalgrocery.co.uk/ and www.sumawholesale.com .

The range includes: African Palava: A delicious West African hotpot and a colourful profusion of Fairtrade brown beans, free range chicken, peanuts, sweet potatoes and spinach.
New Mexican Chilli: This includes Fairtrade red beans with sweet peppers, tomatoes, spiked with the jalapeño chilli.
Moroccan Tagine: A hotpot of slow-cooked chickpeas, Mediterranean vegetables, apricots and aromatic spices.
Spanish Puchero: Butter beans, chorizo sausage and an oak-smoked paprika from the Extremadura region of Spain combine to make this hearty dish.
Indian Sambar: Toor Dhal peas are simmered slowly with coconut and tamarind juice finished with chunky vegetables and mustard seeds.
French Cuisinées: Green lentil and sweet chestnut simmered with classic vegetables, rosemary and thyme.
Easy Bean uniquely features beans in each of its recipes and is the brainchild of Christina Baskerville who developed the company at her kitchen table in her Dorset home and set up the company in 2007. She now employs six people and works from a converted farm building near Castle Cary, Somerset.
The meals are easy to prepare, microwavable or heated in a pan, having been slowly cooked in one pot, in small batches. Beans and vegetables are infused with herbs and spices, sometimes added to locally sourced meat, and all cooked in rich stocks. They are high in fibre, low in fat and salt and also have the benefit of being gluten and dairy free; and furthermore they provide two to three of your 5-a-day.
Easy Bean was inspired by Christina’s work in different countries around the world, and promise ‘Lunch on the go or supper in a mo’. The dishes can be heated up as they are for a quick and tasty lunch or added to rice or a jacket potato for a delicious, healthy evening meal.
Christina said: “Ordering Easy bean online is so simple and gives busy people the security of knowing they always have something healthy in the house for lunch or dinner.”
Easy Bean pots: rrp for vegetarian pots, £3.35, meat pots, £3.49
www.easybean.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/EasyBean

NOTES TO EDITOR
For more information, samples and high-res photographs please contact Helen Riley Helenriley@headlinemedia.co.uk 020 8348 3103 / 07931 300 425 or Margaret Rooke margaretrooke@btinternet.com 0790 44 55 666 or see www.easybean.co.uk
Christina Baskerville is available for interview and is an experienced, eloquent and lively interviewee. She has 16 years experience of working in the food industry and pioneered the concept of the healthy one-pot meal.
Two of the Easy Bean pots are certified Fairtrade – African Palava and New Mexican Chilli. The FAIRTRADE Mark is the only independent guarantee of a fair deal for farmers in developing countries. In the UK it is administered by the Fairtrade Foundation.